Spanish live music venues losing €1.5 million a week during lockdown as 340 gigs cancelled in fortnight

THE nationwide lockdown measures are taking their toll on the entertainment industry with live music venues experiencing weekly losses of €1.5 million.

According to the Association of Concert Venues of Catalonia, 340 gigs have already been cancelled with more to come.

The high season for concerts is March/April and October/November, and comparing figures from last year, the association has calculated the losses to the 80 member venues and 1,600 staff, in addition to the freelancers who fill the technical, advertising and social media roles, at €1.5 million a week.

Among the acts who have had to cancel performances are James Blake and Metronomy, while others like Dua Lipa and Harry Styles have put their Catalonia performances off until next year.

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Tara Rippin

Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.

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